23112017-CT-01.qxd 11/23/2017 1:00 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 23 NOVEMBER 2017 | CHANDIGARH Info kiosk opened Draft start-up policy Haryana FC win Permod Kohli, Chairman, CAT, Chandigarh Bench, inaugurates public information kiosk in city. P2 Punjab CM unveils draft Punjab Start-up and Entrepreneurship Development Policy-2017. P4 Haryana FC off to a winning start in the Administrator’s Cup, beat Deshbandhu Coaching Centre 6-1. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 24°C MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.7°C MIN 9°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.23 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6.55 AM 9 guilty of advocate’s murder, get life term Akash Ghai Flashback Tribune News Service Mohali, November 22 Nine accused in the murder case of local advocate Amarpreet Singh, aka Lucky, were convicted today and awarded life sentence by the court of the District and Sessions Judge here. The accused — Dharminder Singh, Rajat Sharma, Jaswinder Singh Khattu, Sunil Bhanot, Sunvir Singh, his uncle Onkar Singh, Kevin Sushant, Deepak Kaushal and Vishal Sharawat — were awarded life sentence by District and Sessions Judge Archana Puri here today. Lucky (33) was shot dead at 8.10 pm on February 27, 2013, in full public view by the miscreants in front of his residence at Phase 3A over a petty issue of parking in the locality. Lucky, whose heart and lungs were ruptured after receiving two bullets, died on the spot while his cousin Gaganjot Singh and the latter’s friend, Simarjit Singh, sustained bullet injuries in indiscriminate firing by the miscreants. Lucky was a nephew of Mohali’s current Deputy Mayor Manjit Singh Sethi and Gaganjot Singh is his (Sethi’s) son. Today, the court pro- Woman gets 10-year jail Chandigarh: A local court on Wednesday awarded 10-year jail to a 41-year-old woman for possessing 20 banned injections. Rani, a resident of Sector 52, will also pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The incident dates back to November 16 last year when Rani was heading towards Kajheri at 3 pm where the police had laid a naka. On seeing the cops, Rani tried to change her route. However, the police nabbed her. They recovered 20 injections of Buprenorphine from her. She was arrested on the spot and a case under Section 22 of the NDPS Act registered against her. TNS Restricted holiday today Chandigarh: In partial modification of the notification issued on December 5, 2016, regarding declaring of public holidays in the Union Territory of Chandigarh during the calendar year 2017, the Administration has declared that November 23 (Thursday), will now be a restricted holiday in all government offices/boards/corporations/instit utions, including industrial establishments, under the Chandigarh Administration on account of the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur instead of November 24, already declared a restricted holiday. TNS On February 27, 2013, the victim, Lucky, along with his cousin Gaganjot Singh and the latter’s friend, Simarjit Singh, were standing outside their residence at Phase 3A when Deepak Kaushal, who had come to visit Dharminder and Vishal (residing as paying guests on the top floor just two houses away from Lucky’s house), parked his car in front of the victim’s residence. When Lucky objected, Deepak told him that he would return soon. Deepak returned along with Dharminder and the other accused while firing shots. Lucky, who received two bullets, died while Gaganjot Singh and Simarjit Singh received bullet injuries and were rushed to Fortis Hospital. Lucky’s heart and lungs were ruptured by bullets, which led to his death, according to the postmortem report of the deceased. Family satisfied The convicts outside the District Courts in Mohali on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VICKY GHARU While most of the accused were seen smiling and whispering when the Judge was about to pronounce the quantum of sentence after holding all of them guilty of murder, two of them later broke down when they met their family members after coming out of the court. “What was to happen has happened,” said an accused while coming out of the court. Later, all of them appeared calm. nounced life sentence on all nine accused under Sections 302 (murder) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC along with fine of Rs 50,000 each. In case of non-payment of the fine, the term will be extended by four months. All accused have also been convicted under Sections 506 and 148 for which the court has awarded them a jail term for five years and two years, respectively. Dharminder Singh, who had shot the victim, has been convicted under Section 302 while the rest eight accused have been convicted under Section 302 with Section 149 of the IPC. The court also convicted Dharminder under Mohali: The water supply to the town will be affected due to repair work on the Phase 4 pipeline (from Kajauli waterworks), scheduled for November 24. The supply to Sector 70 and 71, Mataur & Shahi Majra villages and Phase 9, 10 & 11 will be affected on Friday & Saturday. Friday, Saturday Morning Low pressure Afternoon No supply Evening Depending on availability, with low pressure Lucky was young and an aspiring civil and criminal lawyer, having an experience of eight years. Having social and friendly nature, Lucky was popular among his colleagues and friends. The victim was married and had a four-year-old son at the time of the incident. Sections 468 and 471 of the IPC for which a term of four years along with a fine of Rs 12,500 has been awarded. The court also convicted Dharminder, Vishal, Sunvir and Onkar under Section 307 with Section 149 for which they have been awarded a seven-year term with a fine of Rs 20,000 each. In case of default, the term will be extended by two months. Sunil Bhanot, Rajat Sharma and Kevin Sushant have been convicted under Section 307 of the IPC for which they also got a seven-year term with a fine of Rs 20,000 each. Five of the accused — Jaswinder Singh, Sunil Bhanot, Rajat Sharma, Dhar- minder Singh and Kevin Sushant — have been convicted under Section 25 of the Arms Act for which they got a three-year jail term. Mohali District Attorneycum-Public Prosecutor Gurdeep Singh said a total of 36 witnesses (30 prosecution witnesses and six witnesses of the defence) were exam- ined during the trial, which ran for around 57 months. During the trial, only three accused — Sunvir Singh, Jaswinder Singh Khattu and Onkar Singh — were granted bail. The court convicted all accused in the morning and sentenced them at 3.15 pm. All convicts were sent to Nabha Jail. Timeline ■ February 27, 2013: At 8.10 pm, the accused opened fire at Lucky, his cousin Gaganjot Singh and the latter’s friend, Simarjit Singh, for stopping Deepak Kaushal from parking his car in front of Lucky’s house. Lucky was shot dead while the remaining two sustained bullet injuries. ■ February 28, 2013: Sunvir Singh and Onkar Singh arrested. ■ March 5, 2013: Jaswinder Singh Khattu, son of SGPC member Ranjit Singh Mangli, arrested. ■ March 13, 2013: Deepak Kaushal arrested. ■ March 25, 2013: Rajat, Vishal, Sunil Bhanot & Dharminder held. ■ August 25, 2013: Kevin Sushant arrested. ■ May 23, 2013: Chargesheet presented in the court. ■ Nov 6, 2013: Charges framed. ■ March 27, 2017: Bail granted to Jasawinder Singh Khattu. ■ May 5, 2017: Bail granted to Sunvir Singh and his uncle Onkar Singh. ■ Nov 22, 2017: All nine accused convicted and sentenced to jail. Mohali police team Promotion for cop Youth rapes 4-year-old, held waited for 5 hours who arrests accused 22-YEAR-OLD’S Started op after gangster didn’t turn up Zirakpur, November 22 A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 28-yearold youth at Baltana here last night. The accused, who hails from Abheypur village near Panchkula, has been arrested. A case has been registered against him under the IPC and the POCSO Act on a complaint of the victim’s GANG RAPE Tribune News Service The five members of the Lawrence Bishnoi-Sampat Nehra gang, who were arrested in New Delhi. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH DELHI SHOOTOUT Tribune News Service Mohali, November 22 In the shootout at Dwarka, New Delhi, yesterday, the Mohali police team kept waiting for notorious gangster Sampat Nehra for over five hours near the hideout of the miscreants there. The team, which got success in nabbing five gangsters along with 17 firearms and 112 cartridges after an operation lasting half an hour in the main residential area of Dwarka, had a tip-off that Nehra would visit the house in which the gangsters were putting up. However, Nehra did not turn up and the team decided to start the operation, said sources. Nehra is the right-hand man of Lawrence Bishnoi, a notorious criminal lodged in a jail at Jodhpur. In Bishnoi’s absence, Nehra was running the gang, which had over 15 Continued on page 4 Chandigarh, November 22 Still groping in the dark in the 22-year-old’s gang rape case, a desperate Chandigarh Police have now announced an out-of-turn promotion for any police personnel who arrests the accused. The police have already announced a reward if Rs 1 lakh for anyone who provides information about the accused leading to their arrest. The police have released posters carrying photos of the three accused, which are being circulated. The posters are being pasted across the city and the surrounding areas and are also being used by the police to show them around in their area. The 22year-old Dehradun girl was gangraped by three persons on Friday night in the forest area in Sector 53. A poster released by the Chandigarh Police shows the three accused. Confirming the development, Senior Superintendent of Police Jagdale Nilambari Vijay said, “A reward of Rs 1 lakh for correct information and an out-of-turn promotion Continued on page 4 Varnika identifies both accused in court STALKING CASE Water supply to be hit for 2 days Victim was an aspiring criminal lawyer 2 accused break down, others seen smiling Though members of the victim’s family expressed satisfaction over the court verdict, they said he would not return with this. Lucky’s father Amarjit Singh and uncle Manjit Singh Sethi, who were present in the court complex on Wednesday, broke down when they heard the verdict. “We are satisfied with the verdict. Justice has prevailed,” said Amarjit Singh and Manjit Singh. Lucky’s mother Joginder Kaur and his wife Surinder Kaur were not in a position to talk. “We are satisfied but also sad as we have suffered a huge loss, which is irreparable,” said Surinder Kaur while sobbing. Lucky’s son, Gursifatjit Singh, is still too small to understand the situation, said the family members. Amarpreet Singh, the victim Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 22 Varnika Kundu, who was allegedly stalked by Vikas Barala and Ashish in August, identified both accused in the court today. She recorded her statement and told the court that she was talking to a male friend on the phone and had told him that she could be kidnapped by the stalkers. Varnika told the court that she was already talking to Anubhav Gaurang on the mobile phone when she left the Sector 8 market. As she reached near the Sector 7 KBDAV School roundabout, she witnessed in the rear Varnika and her father at the District Courts in Chandigarh. Was accompanied by her parents Varnika’s father, mother and aunt accompanied her to the court. However, her father was asked to move out as he was one of the witnesses when Varnika recorded her statement under Section 164 of the CrPC. view mirror that a car was following her. Once she realised that the car was swerving and was trying to stop her, she told Gaurang that she might get abducted and he should act accordingly. Varnika told Gaurang about the registration number of the car chasing her, its make and colour and from where it was chasing her car. She was speaking via the AUX cable and then called the police near the grain market roundabout. The policeman who answered the call at 100 told her to stop the car but she refused saying that it was not possible. Barala’s defence counsel Rabindra Pandit has sought the call details of Varnika Kundu from the day of the c m y b incident. He said it needed to be confirmed if Varnika was actually talking to the friend she mentioned about. The next date of hearing is scheduled for December 6. An order on the revision petition of Vikas Barala over the charges framed against him has been scheduled for December 5. Vikas, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend Ashish had allegedly followed Varnika, daughter of an IAS officer, in a Tata Safari car and tried to abduct her post-midnight. The girl called the Chandigarh Police and the boys were nabbed. The accused have been denied bail four times by the court. father, a migrant labourer. The police said the accused, Raju (28), who stays in the same locality, took the minor on the pretext of buying her biscuits from a nearby shop. The incident came to light when the minor did not return home till late at night. The victim’s parents approached the police after their search for their daughter turned futile. The police said they heard cries from a jungle behind the police chowki and found the accused forcing himself on the minor. Satinder Singh, in-charge of the Baltana police chowki, said the victim’s medical examination confirmed rape. OC
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